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Painting - A Hindu temple near the waterfall at Simla
  • A Hindu temple near the waterfall at Simla
    Carpenter, William, born 1818 - died 1899
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A Hindu temple near the waterfall at Simla

  • Object:

    Painting

  • Place of origin:

    Simla (made)

  • Date:

    08/1853-11/1853 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carpenter, William, born 1818 - died 1899 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.58-1882

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

William Carpenter was the eldest son of the distinguished portrait painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter and of William Hookham Carpenter, who became Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum. In early 1850 he set off in the footsteps of his younger brother Percy, also an artist, and landed in Bombay. He spent much of his time painting portraits of local rulers and the surrounding countryside, often wearing Indian dress himself. He travelled widely, from Sri Lanka in the south to Kashmir in the north, and he also spent some time in the Punjab and Afghanistan before moving south to Rajasthan. He appears to have returned to England in 1856. Ten years later he was living in Boston, USA, but he later returned to London, where he died in 1899. This painting shows a Hindu temple near the waterfall at Simla in Himachal Pradesh state, northern India. Simla is India's largest and best-known hill station. It was 'discovered' by British surveyors in 1817, and in 1864 it became the Indian Government's summer headquarters.

Physical description

A temple with tall trees behind it.

Place of Origin

Simla (made)

Date

08/1853-11/1853 (made)

Artist/maker

Carpenter, William, born 1818 - died 1899 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 24.2 cm, Width: 34.5 cm sight

Materials

Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

Painting

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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